7 thoughts on “IDF vs. the Delegitimizers – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. We already know you’re a legitimate delegitimizer, Richard. You’re on the S.H.I.T. list. I’ve been trying to qualify to get on it for months. Guess I’m just not famous enough.

  2. Delegitimising Israel? Would that count as legitimising Palestine?
    Delegitimising the delegitimisation of Israel? Ergo, legitimising Israel?

    Now there’s an ambitious set of goals to be going on with.

    And how might that all this be accomplished?

    I mean, what if it actually could be done; done rapidly, quickly and with the full force of international law and justice backing the outcome. Then this whole, convoluted affair could be viewed with some finality; even a world long wearied by such matters might experience a certain degree of satisfaction upon entering so unexpected an end-game.
    If the conscience of humanity could find the project reasonable, could observe it with a certain amount of equanimity, tolerance, even a dry sense of humour, then what is there to prevent this entire business being rolled up, put away and forever consigned to the annals of history? No more deaths such as those we have witnessed these past few days, no more futures blighted by our inability to end a conflict that seems to have no end.

    Is our fate always ‘to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune?’

    Or should we ‘ take arms against a sea of troubles and, by opposing, end them?’

    Having served many years as an engineer, I know this much. Talking with colleagues about problems encountered in the field is all well and good; it puts them in perspective and narrows down the options available. But, there comes a point when you have to open up the tool case, extract the biggest and best monkey-wrench you’ve got and apply it to the task in hand. Otherwise, you’re stuck there with no prospect of completing the job in the time that’s left.

    And, today, how much time do any of us have left?

  3. Bravo Richard! I particularly liked the Woody Allen reference. Though I think the Col. Klink of Hogan’s Hero’s fame would be more fitting!

    Last night, I posted a comment in response to the Haaretz “expose” of this totally harebrained scheme daring its many “brilliant” right-wing defenders to go right ahead and intentionally alienate huge swaths of the U.S. public by encouraging foreign spies to undermine the democratic freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution (which many Americans still seem to give at least a fig about) and, thereby, succeed in populating U.S. prisons with some more Israeli military spies! Good work further undermining American support for Israel’s truly serious security and military interests (e.g., Iran) by funding a squad of Israeli ideological keystone cops!


    “Diaspora delegitimizers (like you and I).” NO NO NO, “like you and me”. (or “as you and I are”) (“as you and I”) (Try saying “he is like I”.

    And maybe “Diaspora delegitimizers of the Israeli occupation” (otherwise sounds a bit like (delegitimizers of the diaspora).

  5. RE: “What kind of Israel is this?” – R.S.
    ANSWER: George Orwell’s Big Brother’s kind of Israel!

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